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These little packages of joy are a take off of the Cherry Relleno (Almond Stuffed Cherries) recipe.
I would love to see a macadamia nut-tree. They are large, spreading evergreen trees reaching 30 to 40 ft. high and almost as wide. That would have been a tree climbing dream of mine growing up! The leaves are 8 to 11 inches in length and occur usually in whorls of 3.
Macadamia nuts have a very hard seed coat enclosed in a green husk that splits open as the nut matures. It holds a creamy white kernel containing up to 80% oil and 4% sugar. Due to their high fat content it is important to store them properly so they don’t go rancid. I store mine in a mason jar and keep it in the freezer.
These orbs of scrumptiousness will have your taste buds a dancing! The flavors of all three components are mild on their own but together they sing in harmony. The slight sweetness, the pairing of the crunchy texture of the nut and the chewiness of the dried cherry will cause an orgasmic explosion in your mouth. Yes, mom, I said the word “orgasmic” on my blog. lol Before I get to blushing too much, let’s go ahead and take a look at the recipe. :)
One of the greatest joys when creating raw food recipes is experimenting with different ingredients… a practice that I highly encourage. Daily I get questions regarding substitutions. Of course we all might have different dietary needs and tastes which could necessitate altering a recipe. I love to share with you what I create for myself, my husband, friends and family. I spend a lot of time selecting the right ingredients with a particular goal in mind, looking to build a certain flavor and texture.
So as you experiment with substitutions, remember they are what they sound like, they are substitutes for the preferred item. Generally they are not going to behave, taste, or have the same texture as the suggested ingredient. Some may work, and others may not and I can’t promise what the results will be unless I’ve tried them myself. So have fun, don’t be afraid, and remember, substituting is how I discovered many of my unique dishes.
Above: This is the after effect of the dehydration process. Odd looking picture I know but I really didn’t know how to make them pretty at this stage. haha
Above – I used a small fork to dip each cherry, one at a time, into the melted chocolate. Gently tap the fork on the side of the glass bowl to shake off any excess chocolate. I then scrapped the bottom of the fork with the edge of the spatula to wipe away any drizzling chocolate. Place on a lined tray.
Above : Un-huh!! The Snack Bandit struck yet again. haha Store your chocolate covered cherries not only in a COOL place, but also in a safe place away from snack bandits. haha